It’s officially launch day of my book Lifestyle Blogging Basics: A How-To for Investing in Yourself, Working with Brands, and Cultivating a Community Around Your Blog and I’m so happy to share it with the world! To celebrate my launch, the book is FREE on Amazon through tomorrow, so click here and grab yourself a copy now!

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After today, the price goes up to $0.99 and 100% of proceeds for the first month of sales will go directly to SowHope.org, a nonprofit focusing exclusively on the holistic needs of women living in extreme poverty. Every sale makes a difference!

In this how-to guide for lifestyle blogging basics, I break down how I got started with my first blog, how I progressed, and what failed attempts at success I made along the way.

The book begins with covering the essential groundwork of discovering your niche, defining your content categories, choosing a blog name, selecting a platform, and creating a healthy and attainable blogging routine.

Then, it takes a deep dive into describing the the most effective ways to invest in yourself and your blog by explaining the importance of quality design, high resolution photos, email marketing services, and more.

You’ll also learn how to partner and collaborate with brands by building an online media kit, how to promote your blog on social media, and how to create a thriving community around your blog that will stand the test of time.

Learn more about the book here.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the book launch so far. I’m forever grateful!

It’s funny, although I’m not a romantic person whatsoever, I love the theme that is associated with February. Pinks, reds, florals, candies, wines, and all things pretty. I had an incredible weekend that involved all of those things with some wonderful lady friends It was probably the girliest weekend I had in a while.

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On Saturday, I attended a #NashGalentines blogger brunch with local style bloggers hosted by Alex of Abundantly Alex and Olivia of Olivia Shea Style. I got to catch up with my friend Greta of Greta Hollar and meet TONS of new badass blogger babes. It was so nice to be in a room full of inspiring young women. We had cocktails, mini bundt cakes, and took photobooth photos while talking about the blogging community in Nashville and about how great it is to see women supporting each other.

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On Sunday, I had another lady brunch with some of my best girlfriends at Carli and Julie’s house, where I usually get to be the token American girl. They served grapefruit mimosas, heart shaped fruit, and red velvet waffles with ALL of the toppings. I’m pretty sure I cancelled out my last three weeks at the gym in one sitting. Oh well, it was glorious. It’s so good to be in the presence of friends who can have meaningful conversations about hardships, joy, pain, and life in general. I’m lucky to have celebrated the weekend with so many beautiful gals.

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I’m on a bell sleeves kick lately. I want anything and everything with a wide, dramatic sleeve. I don’t know if it’s because it makes me feel witchy and fabulous or if it’s because it makes the rest of my bulky upper arms appear thinner, but I love them. This is probably the most feminine top in my entire closet, too.

bell sleevesTop- Forever 21 // Practice Makes Perfect High-Waisted Jeans– Lulus // Black Velvet Ankle Strap Heels– Lulus // Choker- Forever 21

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Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day and wonderful week ahead!

Last night I attended a blogger event at OSHi Floral Design downtown hosted by Dunkin’ Donuts. I previously attended a Dunkin’ Cold Brew event in midtown several months ago and had such a great time that I knew I couldn’t miss this Valentine’s-themed evening with hot tea and flowers.

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Dunkin’ Donuts provided all of their flavors of brand new teas and had a variety of sandwiches and donuts for all the guests. I went for the Hibiscus Kiss and it was delicious. I also took home some of the green tea and had it while I was working today. So far Dunkin’s tea game is on point. They’re more than just great coffee and donuts.

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OSHi Floral Nashville
I had so much fun sitting with Andrea of Saving Everyday, her daughter Brittany, and Angela of Spinach Tiger. I also got to meet Blair of The Hungry Leopard. We had a blast trying to be florists for the evening.



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After watching a brief lesson on how to create a well-crafted floral arrangement, I went to the wall and grabbed all of the pink, red, and coral flowers I could find. I was determined to make my bouquet look like it was made for Valentine’s Day. I wouldn’t say I have a natural talent for floral design, but I definitely enjoy it. I’m one of those girls who goes to Trader Joe’s just to purchase all of the flowers to mix and match them once I get home. It’s so much fun.

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I’m in love with my bouquet and have it on my work desk to brighten my work day. I also enjoyed a hot cup of Dunkin’ Donuts green tea. What’s your favorite kind of tea?

Hope you all have a fun-filled weekend! I’m so ready for some Galentine’s fun with my ladies.

I’m currently loving the blush trend. I don’t know if it’s February that has me lusting after all the blush tones, but I can’t keep my eyes off them right now. It doesn’t help that spring keeps teasing us and I’m ready to have some pastels in my life again. Anyone else have a crush on this trend right now?

It’s also making me think about how I want to go platinum blonde again (and work on my tan). I’m going to look all sorts of washed out when I start wearing pastels again.

Here are some of my top blush trend picks for this season. It’s taking everything in me to not purchase every single item.

Blush Crush

1. Kate Spade Leewood Place Makayla Leather Satchel
2. Lulus Frill Estate Blush Midi Dress
3. Old Navy Mid-Rise Sateen Jacquard Pixie Crops
4. ASOS Choker Detail Romper
5. Calvin Klein Wilmet Mules
6. Tobi Lace Up Ribbed Bodysuit
7. H&M Satin Kimono

All of these pieces are great Valentine’s Day goodies, too! Share with me your favorite blush trend piece right now. I’d love to see your favorites!